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Facing the Truth, 1939

BySusan Silsby Boyle

In February 1939, Arabs arid Palestine's British overlords gathered behind closed doors in London's St. James's Palace to decide the fate of the troubled land. The British, facing the truth that promises had been made to their Arab allies during the war and that Britain had broken its promise to support Arab, including Palestinian, independence after the war was most unsettling. Officials, academics, and critics throughout the Arab world, in England, and in the United States praised The Arab Awakening. Britain previously had claimed that Palestine was excluded from the British pledge of Arab independence that Henry McMahon, the British high commissioner in Egypt, had communicated to Sheriff Hussein ibn Ali, the emir of Mecca and guardian of Moslem holy places, on October 24, 1915. Invitations to the St. James's Palace conference were sent to Arab delegates from Palestine and to Arab representatives from Iraq, Egypt, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.